Cajun Food & Good People

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Bacon-wrapped shrimp at The Seafood Spot

Over the last couple of months, I’ve continued to try new restaurants in #Houston. I have come up with some favorites (Grace’s, La Griglia, & Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers) I’ve been on a Louisiana-style kick lately and I’ve tried three restaurants recently: LA Crawfish, The Seafood Spot, and Bayou City. While they have similar menus, they were each very different.

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A Weekend with the Kid

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fullsizeoutput_384bIf any of you follow me on IG @kendradawnrn2002 you know that this past weekend, Jaden was in town. I speak with (rather text) my son regularly and we share quite a bit. When I decided to buy a #Mustang a couple of months ago, it was killing me not to tell him. He’d just started driver’s ed and kept referencing being my chauffeur in my Honda Element when he came to visit. Yes, I drove a Honda Element because it was appropriate for the #PacificNorthwest and I loved that car! Anyway, I was excited to see Jaden’s reaction when I pulled up in the #5.0 at the airport. His reaction was priceless. He didn’t skip a beat in getting behind the wheel to drive me around. This kid had no idea how much engine was under that hood but he did a spectacular job! He’s a safe driver and didn’t let this #Houston traffic get the best of him. It was a proud momma moment. Continue reading

A Wedding and A Cigar Lounge

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fullsizeoutput_3841I spent the weekend in #Atlanta to attend my niece’s #wedding. The wedding was at a beautiful venue, The Conservatory at Waterstone, and the outdoor ceremony ended just as a storm rolled in. My niece is pretty unique and my new nephew is too. They balance one another and to be around them is inspiring. Well, in my opinion it is. I don’t know many couples who complete one another. Of course I don’t know the innards of their relationship but I do know enough to know that they really love each other. They are a beautiful couple and I’m happy I had a chance to witness their union. And as the wise old gentle man said during his well wishes: I hope their kids are born naked! (Okay, you had to be there. That’s the funniest things I’ve heard in ages!)

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39 & Fine as Wine…I like to drink it too.

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IMG_4920Another birthday has come and gone and I’m embracing 39. Knowing I’m knocking on 40 boggles my mind and is an ever present reminder that time really does fly. I’m looking forward to what 39 has in store for me.

Part of my birthday celebration was spent in #Shreveport. I played craps for the first time. I’m not sure if it was beginner’s luck or what but let’s just say I came out WAYYYYYY ahead. Oh, I was also introduced to Southern Maid Donuts. Words cannot describe the deliciousness of the perfect donut! I don’t like glazed donuts but I was dying to get back to that place before leaving Shreveport.  Continue reading

Really? You Read My Blog?

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Recently, I was with a friend who told me he reads my blogs. I’m not sure why I was so surprised, but I was. I was also encouraged. He went on to tell me that my blog about the 10 Things I Love About My Son inspired him to write down the 10 things he love about his sister and her emotional response to that act. I was really touched by that. Continue reading

Girls Trip – San Diego

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Okay…I am a couple of weeks late getting to this blog; but nevertheless, here it is.

First, I cannot express how delightful it is to get together with these ladies that I’ve now known for nearly two decades. It’s a bond that not many get to experience. The laughter and the tears, the jokes and the sarcasm; I look forward to it all. The time we spend is so valuable and we’ve all finally admitted that we aren’t getting any younger…but we all still look great! Ha!

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All Star Weekend 2018

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Car used by Lyft for AllStar Weekend – Photo credit: Jaden Coleman

Last year Jaden really wanted to go to #AllStarWeekend in #NOLA. It’s difficult to make that sort of thing happen with little to no planning. So instead, I planned to take him to #LA for his 16th birthday during #AllStarWeekend to participate in some of the festivities.

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Center Yourself So You Can Hear

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My nieces

When I was in Doha I was introduced to #mindfulness because of some personal struggles. Since that time I’ve made an effort to routinely #meditate and learn to be present. Not everyone can appreciate this and that’s okay. I’m just going to share with you a little of my experience.

There were four #Chakra songs that I meditated to in #Doha. I still have those songs on my playlist and when I meditate to them I literally go back to a calm place and when I’m done, I am centered. I can tell when I’ve slacked on the meditation because I literally feel off balance. Continue reading

My First New Year Resolution…ever!

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IMG_4233People asked me what are my new year resolutions. I’ve never made a new year resolution and had no plans to make any for 2018. However, I’ve had a pretty challenging 2017 as I’m sure many others have. Yes, I try my best to stay upbeat and positive when I blog so some may think I’m living this fabulous life. (Hmmm, I think I’ve blogged about that before.) Well, life is good as I always say when I sign off, yet life is challenging.

With the ups and downs of 2017 and the recent loss of individuals in my life and family, it brings to mind the saying about not waiting to tell people how you feel. That brings me to my 2018 New Year resolution. I’m going to tell the most important person in my life, my son Jaden, the ten things I love about him.

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Thanksgiving in Kansas City

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The family in Kansas City. BTW, Amir is throwing spider webs!

Jaden planned to come to #Houston for #Thanksgiving. He loves the idea of being with family and it would literally just be him and me. I asked him if he wanted to spend the holiday in #KansasCity with some of my #family. He didn’t hesitate to say yes to that suggestion. So we planned to meet in Kansas City, MO for Thanksgiving.

Jaden arrived several hours before me and was retrieved from the airport by my sister Jamica. They had a chance to hang out at her house with her kids, including my three little nephews. The new baby, Trey, was born just weeks before and I was so excited to see him. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more I love cuddling the new babies. My nephew, Amir (4), likes to check up on me every now and then and will video chat with me. Sometimes he calls from such random places, like under his mother’s bed! Amir is also crazy about Jaden. I couldn’t wait for those two to get together!

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